I have been driving in Thailand for quite a long time and I have never (touchwood) been pulled over by the police. Most of my friends who drive have been pulled over quite often and the only difference between us all is that they drive a Japanese car and I drive a European car.
Does it make a difference? I'll have to get a Japanese car to see if I get pulled over more often
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I've been pulled over 5 times in 1.5 years. I paid off the lying, cheating, mafia scum four of those times. I drive a Japanese truck.
...you get what you need.
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Maybe trucks get pulled over more than cars?
I notice that motorbikes get pulled over a hell of a lot too!
They are usually young people. Imagine a parallel to an antelope on the African Savannah running with a limp.I notice that motorbikes get pulled over a hell of a lot too!
I'm pretty sure foreigner+thai on a motorbike quadruples the chances of being flagged down.
I've heard loads lately about peeps getting the sting because they were "driving" in the 'passing' lane or because they were in the "truck" lane. They boys are creative, ya gotta give 'em that.
Well, if you have very dark tinting can you just ignore them more easily, since they can't see you and you can't see them there there no loss of face? Or is it that they can't tell you're a farang?
I got stopped on the way to Lanta a few weeks ago. I think they were stopping everyone with out-of-province license plates (this was just before Trang).
They said that our rear plate was illegal (didn't have that authentic embossed stamp).
They checked luggage, glove compartment, etc. for 'drugs'. Probably because I was a farang.
The wife said that the cop first asked for a bottle of whiskey. We didn't have any and she paid 200 baht instead of going to the police station and paying a 500 baht fine.
Oh, it was a Honda Accord.
I have been pulled over once in 3+years... it was last month and it was my fault. Was in the wrong lane to turn and the copper flagged me down. Took my license and told me to go to the station in 30 minutes to get it. I politely asked him if there was anyway around this as I was in a hurry... He said 200 baht and he would do it for me. Really, back home it would have been about 50USD for that infraction and points, instead it was 6USD no points and all but 2-3 minutes of my time.
Sometimes its bad and sometimes its not so bad...
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- Woody Allen
^ well it worked out for you but i'd rather see the money going into the coffers rather than pockets--no matter how small an amount.
also, considering salary discrepancies, i'd be more able to afford a 50USD ticket if I was on 50,000USD per year.
"Shud",,,,, a word so often used here